#30dayswild2018 June 1st ‘What a difference a year makes’

Hooray! It’s that ’30 Days Wild’ time of year again! I’ve been more organised this year by sending off for my pack and gathering ideas for this years embroidery. After falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole and seeing the amazing variety of artwork inspired by the natural world, I’ve decided to take a mixed media approach this year.

My first subject are the wild flowers (and stray rape seed!) which are blooming on the roadside by the Park & Ride at Inverkeithing. The photo on the left was taken last year when the trees had just been planted and the ground was pretty bare. This year, it is lovely to see this burst of colour first thing in the morning.

My ‘Act of Wildness’ for today is to start my artwork which like last year will be added to every day, it will be influenced by and include the nature I encounter on my daily travels.

There’s still so much I don’t know about the trees and plants that surround me so this year I am also¬†finding a ‘leaf of the day’. Day 1 comes from a Hawthorn tree, growing on the cycle path on the edge of Orchardhead wood.

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June 8th #day8 #30dayswild ‘wavy hair grass’

It was election day in the UK today so I thought today’s #30dayswild theme should acknowledge this but I wasn’t sure how.I passed this sticker attached to a phonebox in Edinburgh which got me thinking how environmental issues did not appear in any of the main party manifestos (not that I’m aware of anyway,maybe I just switched off in the end!) I had a quick look at’Frack  Off’ online and its an issue i will be looking into more closely as this type of fuel extraction is proposed for areas bang on my doorstep. 

I took a moment on the way home to stop and get a photo of these beautiful poppies. They will forever be representative of the war dead which is sadly still the case.

I hadn’t seen purple poppies before and I didn’t know until today that purple poppies are used to remember animals that lost their lives in war.

My embroidery today is election based, it features a large green cross made from a stalk of wavy haired grass from my garden. The crosses are the colours of the political parties that appeared on my ballot paper.

June 5th #day5 #30dayswild ‘New Growth’

Part of my daily commute is a short cycle from Rosyth to Ferrytoll Park and Ride where I catch the bus into Edinburgh. I’ve been doing this journey for around 18 months now so I’ve seen the new bridge rise up and across the river. Its an impressive structure but the resulting roadworks and infrastructure upgrade has seen a lot of the established bushes, trees and hedgerows torn up to make way for new roads.

Its been quite hard to watch this happen especially as this is where I spotted my one and only Bullfinch but steps are being taken to reintroduce trees to the area.

These tube wrapped trees are appearing everywhere along the roads approaching the bridge on both sides of the Forth, I can’t help thinking that they’re all planted pretty close to each other

There’s Oak, Pine and thistles encased in these tubes, I can’t wait to see them breaking free from the plastic cases! 

Today’s embroidery is inspired by these young saplings:

June 4th #day4 #30dayswild ‘Foxglove’

Today we went to visit Nanna Gibb who’s garden is pretty inhospitable to any form of wildlife. Shes in her 80’s now and over the years the garden has been slabbed,paved and chipped and the plants dug up so it was a beautiful sight to look out the kitchen window to see these fox gloves flourishing. A lot of weeds we’re making their way up through the chips and in the gaps of the slabs. I wonder how long it would take for the garden to be green again if we just left it to grow?

A number of bees were buzzing around the flowers and looking closer we saw this ladybird hidden in the leaves.

Niamh with her new rabbit pal found at the end of the garden.

Today’s embroidery is inspired by the foxgloves:

 I had the song ‘Weeds’ by Pulp in my head for the rest of the day, I think I might have to put together a Nature inspired playlist as one of my activities! 

June 3rd #day3 #30dayswild ‘Narrow leaved everlasting pea’

Today’s walk/run took us out towards the ‘new bridge’ or the Queensferry Crossing’ to give its official name. We’re on week 6 of the ‘Couch to 5k’ programme so this is our view at the half way point.

On the wind down walk home we pass Orchard Wood in Rosyth, the wee one gets out of the buggy here and likes picking up sticks to bring home to the dog.

These beautiful flowers caught my eye today,I love the vibrant shades of pink and purple against the fresh green leaves and I’m a sucker for a curling tendril!

I thought this was a sweet pea so I checked it out when I got home and found that it has the rather Wonkaesque name of ‘narrow leaved everlasting pea’ and although it does look good enough to eat, it is slightly poisonous so we will continue to enjoy the plant by sight alone!

Niamhs find of the day was this beauty of a pinecone.

Today’s stitched square is inspired by the narrow leaved everlasting pea:

June 2nd #day 2 #30dayswild Kinghorn Beach

Living in the Kingdom of Fife we’re lucky to have easy access to some beautiful beaches. Despite this, I’m ashamed to say that this was my girl’s  first visit to what I would class as a ‘proper’ beach

We started the day in cloudy Kinghorn:

Once she got used to the feeling of the sand on her feet, the wee one loved running about and paddling in the stream that ran from an outlet pipe

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She was happy to sit with her aunty Ella just scooping up handfuls of sand. Ella is taking GCSE Geography next year so she was telling us about oxbow lakes, meanders and coastal erosion!

what’s a trip to the beach without burying your feet in the sand! We also  found this crab shell (I didn’t take enough photos to find the name of this species!)

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We did a bit of beach conservation work picking up an o!d lighter,plastic tubing,a drink carton and a lightfitting (!) from the shoreline.

Time for some beachcombing,my Dad calls our finds ‘Neptune’s Jewellery’ and we come home with a bountiful collection of shells and pebbles to put in the nature box:


Today’s square is inspired by the photo of the strandline and features an auger shell (Turritella communis) we collected: